Troopers reopen I-75 after deadly crash with semi - WNEM TV 5

Troopers reopen I-75 after deadly crash with semi

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HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FL (WFLA) -

The Florida Highway Patrol has reopened all lanes of Interstate 75 at Gibsonton Drive following a fatal accident involving a car and an ABC Liquor semi truck.

FHP Sgt. Steve Gaskins says the semi and a BMW collided on the interstate around 2:30 a.m. in low visibility conditions. The car's driver skidded off the bridge and landed in water, about 20-feet below, in the Alafia River. The vehicle was pulled from the river around 4:30 a.m. with the driver still inside. 

Sgt. Gaskins says the driver of the BMW died at the scene.  The driver of the semi was taken to Tampa General Hospital with minor injuries.

Traffic was diverted off I-75 for several hours Wednesday morning while investigators worked the scene and crews cleaned up the mess left behind.  The truck was carrying about 30,000 gallons of various types of alcoholic beverages.  Much of the alcohol spilled onto the interstate.

Stay with wfla.com for updates on this story.

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